3 Main Steps to Painting an Older Home

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Home painting always involves more than merely rolling fresh paint on walls and other surfaces. Proper preparation is necessary if you wish to achieve beautiful, durable results. This preparation is even more important when painting older homes, especially if the surfaces in question have undergone significant deterioration. Applying new paint can help modernize your aged home, but only if you take the time to thoroughly prepare its surfaces beforehand – otherwise, you’re merely prolonging the inevitable. Let’s break down the three main categories of preparation to follow when painting an older home.

3 Steps to Painting an Older Home

1. Clean Every Surface You Plan on Painting

When a surface is dirty, incoming paint will have a hard time sticking to it, as a filthy barrier will stand between the surface and the coatings. As such, the first step to properly painting an older home should be to thoroughly clean every surface you’ll paint. Different cleaning protocols are required for different scenarios. When it comes to exteriors, for instance, pressure washing often presents the most efficient cleaning method, blasting away dirt, grime, and debris in relatively short order. You won’t want to bring the pressure washer indoors, however. To prepare for interior painting, you’ll want to take a gentler approach, scrubbing walls and other surfaces manually with lukewarm water, soap, and a sponge or cloth. After cleaning your home’s exterior or interior, you must let all surfaces dry completely before tackling any of the following steps.

2. Sand, Repair, and Sand More

After you’ve cleaned your surfaces, you might come across peeling paint, scratches, dents, holes, and other types of damage that need addressing – now is the time to address them. No matter the issue, sanding is a good place to start, allowing you to remove loose coatings and debris that might be caught inside crevices. From there, you’ll want to make all necessary repairs, whether that means filling dents and holes with joint compound, replacing larger sections of drywall, installing new trim, etc. You’ll also want to check on the caulk that’s currently between gaps inside and outside your home – if it’s falling apart, you must apply new caulking to ensure a proper seal (this is especially important in older homes). After you’ve made these repairs, gently sanding your surfaces one more time will make them more receptive to the coatings you’re about to apply.

3. Apply Primer, then Paint

We’ve now reached the coating stage of painting an older home. Before you open up your paint cans, however, you must prime your surfaces. Priming can be thought of as “pre-painting.” Primer is typically white and is meant to serve as a buffer between the underlying surface and the incoming paint. By soaking into the surface, the primer creates a barrier that helps the incoming paint stick. Without this initial undercoat, the surface would absorb some of the paint itself, resulting in a thinner, less consistent coat. Priming is an important step for both interior and exterior painting projects. It’s worth noting that not every situation calls for priming – if a surface has been previously painted and isn’t chipping or peeling, priming might not be necessary. When it comes to painting older homes, however, it’s always wise to prime. You should also prime before painting any surfaces that are brand new, bare (i.e., not painted), or worn down. Applying primer can also help you change a surface’s color with fewer coats, especially if the previous color was darker than the new one.

Renewing Your Older Home the Right Way

The necessary steps involved in paint preparation are all the more important when painting an older home. If you’re the proud owner of an aging home in Nashville, Brentwood, or Franklin, TN, the experts at Nash Painting are here to help you restore its appearance and integrity. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!